Blacks in Wax Teaches History

3/13/2013, 2:23 p.m.

This year's theme, "Struggle to Serve 1865 to 1965," highlights the impact of the U.S. Constitution's 15th Amendment, which gave African Americans the right to vote; the 19th Amendment, which afforded the same to women; and the impact of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which reinforced the spirit of the 15th Amendment on the lives of African Americans, especially black women.

The right for blacks to vote and the Women's Suffrage Movement proved to be watershed moments in the lives of the persons portrayed in the production. The vignette also builds upon the 2012 theme of "Movement to Movement," which presented African Americans with key roles in the civil rights movement.

The free performances will be held on Friday, March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., for the general public at SETLC, 701 Mississippi Avenue in Southeast, and on Saturday, March 23, at 5 p.m., at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at 2700 F Street in Northwest.

"There's a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into putting on this production," said Masters Barry who explained the process takes about two months from start to finish. "But when I see the transformation of the youth [into] iconic, historical figures, I know it's worth every painstaking moment."